Computer fixes and music fan club orders

For those of you who may have noticed, I had to fix a link in My Soapbox. I had to change the “printable version” link for the PC Upgrade article. So, if you had problems with it before, I apologize. It’s all fixed now.

I just spent the last couple of days fixing my old PC for my parents. If you’ve read the PC Upgrade article, you know that I have an older PC (about three years old) that was giving me problems with Windows XP. However, reloading Windows 98 seemed to go virtually flawlessly. I did have to install a new network interface/ethernet card, though, but it was a fairly inexpensive part and a very simple install. The trip I made to buy the card was interesting. I stopped in a local computer store that I had never been to before and found the card I wanted for about seven dollars less than anywhere else. Even CompUSA cost more. On top of that, I had to use the old floppy drive in my old PC, so I bought a new black one for the new PC. That also cost less than I expected. I think I found a new computer parts store to shop at. I also took the time to install the latest critical updates and drivers, and I tested everything to make sure it all works. The old PC is assembled and ready for the trip to my mom’s house.

That reminds me… I really don’t like Creative Labs sound cards. Ever since I can remember, I have had problems installing them. I even tried to install the latest Audigy Platinum EX hardware (the one with the break-out box for musical instruments and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound), but my computer crashed. If you know me, I try to follow directions as often as possible, which is what I did in that case. Anyway, while putting together the old PC again, I wiped the hard drive completely clean (thanks to a “nuke disk” program) and performed a full reinstall. I had to reinstall two drivers: the graphics card and the sound card. The ATI All-In-Wonder Pro went flawlessly. The SoundBlaster, on the other hand, was a little annoying. I eventually got it to work, though, and I successfully tested the CD Player using one of my favorite albums: Metallica’s St. Anger.

Speaking of St. Anger, I was really impressed at how quickly my Metallica Club order arrived. I ordered a copy of the St. Anger guitar-transcribed book (yeah, it’s already available) and a “ninja star” medallion last Friday. They arrived in the mail today, even after the Labor Day holiday. That’s what I call service!

Now when was the last time I wrote an update this long?